Top 10 Things to Do This Week
1. World Parachuting Championships
Until Saturday 8 December
This week, the FAI Mondial World Parachuting Championships comes to a close, with 800 parachutists descending on the city to participate in competitions of formation skydiving, canopy formations, accurate landing, canopy piloting, over water, freefall flying, freefall style and para-skiing. The competitions take place at Skydive Dubai, where entry is free and there’ll be daily air shows, on-site activities, food and drink stands and more. Plus, don’t miss the closing ceremony with live performances from Katy Perry and Usher, an awards ceremony for the winners, a victory parade and fireworks!
INFO: Competitions are free to attend, 9am to 5pm daily, Skydive Dubai, www.wpcuae.ae; closing ceremony tickets Dhs450 (regular), Dhs1,000 (golden circle), www.timeouttickets.com.
2 Macy Gray Live in Dubai
Thursday 6 December
Singer-songwriter Macy Gray is coming to Dubai for one night only! Famed for her signature husky voice, Macy will take to the stage at The Irish Village and organisers say she’ll be playing all her hit tracks such as Beauty in the World and our fave I Try. If you’re a Macy fan, don’t miss out!
INFO: Dhs175, www.timeouttickets.com, 9pm, The Irish Village, Dubai, 04 282 4750,www.theirishvillage.com.
3 Dubai Christmas Festival
Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 December
If you’re lacking festive spirit, don’t worry. The organisers of Taste of Dubai are hosting a three-day Dubai Christmas Festival at Dubai Media City’s Amphitheatre with everything you need to get in the mood including themed food and drink, live entertainment from school choirs and local bands The Maplejacks, and The Boxtones, Christmas tree-lighting, workshops, a winter wonderland, plus Santa’s grotto for the little ones.
INFO: 3pm to 11pm, Dhs30 (adult advance), Dhs40 (adult door price), Dhs20 (kids advance), Dhs25 (kids door price), Dhs20 (Santa’s grotto), www.timeouttickets.com, www.dubaichristmasfestival.com.
4 Creamfields Abu Dhabi
Friday 7 December
Watch DJ superstars Armin van Buuren and David Guetta return to the UAE to take to the stage along with a host of local talent including AN21 & Max Vangeli, ARTY, Riva Starr, maDJam, Aly & Fila, Genie, Stacktraxxx, Angelo & Asphyxia, Big AL, Ronin & Nesta and Mister Outlaw!
INFO: Dhs275 (general) Dhs595 (VIP), www.thinkflash.ae, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasisland.ae.
5 Dinner at Villa Romana Dubai
Newly imported from Saint-Tropez, Villa Romana Dubai is a perfect place for a birthday dinner with the girls, or a hen or bachelor party. Expect posh food (we recommend the steak) and crazy entertainment, from dancers, to dressing up, to a fashion show in the middle of the restaurant!
INFO: 6pm to 12am, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai, 04 399 5000, www.facebook.com/villaromana.sttropezdubai.
6 The Laughter Factory
Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 December
This month’s line-up features award-winning quick-tongued British comedian Zoe Lyons, smart Canadian funnyman Glenn Wool and Irish comedian and skilled storyteller Andrew Ryan.INFO: Dhs140, www.timeouttickets.com, 9pm, Wednesday 12 December, Zinc, Crowne Plaza Hotel Dubai, Thursday 13 December, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Friday 14 December, Grand Millennium, Tecom, Dubai, 04 355 1862, www.thelaughterfactory.com.
7. Festive German Movie Night
Thursday 6 December
K West Bar are hosting a German movie night where they’ll be showing the 1944 festive classic Die Feuerzangenbowle (The Punch Bowl, in English) and serving traditional German beverages!
INFO: 8pm to 11.30pm, K West Bar, Kempinski Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 444 2000, www.kempinski.com.
8. Pool Party with DJ AnOn
Friday 7 December
On Fridays, DJ AnOn turns the Radisson Yas Island’s pool area into a big party! With pumping music, happy hour and sunbathing, what else do you need? Great for the girls.
INFO: Dhs50 including two free drinks, from 4pm, Park Inn by Radisson, Abu Dhabi Yas Island, 02 656 222, www.parkinn.com.
9. Frozen Mondays at Rock Bottom Bur Dubai
Monday 10 December
Great F&B deals, music from DJ DLB, DJ Dean and the house band, plus free frozen margaritas for ladies from 10pm to 1am!INFO: Dhs179, unlimited food and drinks from 7pm to 11pm, 50 per cent off for Facecard holders, Rock Bottom Bur Dubai, Regent Palace Hotel, Dubai, 055 600 5553.
10 Turkish Art at Radisson Blu
Daily until Monday 10 December
Art lovers, check out this contemporary art exhibition with pieces by Turkish artist Beygu Gokcin, who’s bringing his work to the UAE for the first time.
INFO: Free, 9am to 9pm, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City, 04 366 9111, www.radissonblu.com.